Why recovery time is vital after cosmetic treatments

We live in a world of instant gratification, whatever you want can get pretty much instantly, if not a day later. So, what happens when we need to take time for ourselves to ensure we heal the best we can from cosmetic surgery?

Your recovery time is very dependant on which type of surgery you have had, the more invasive, the longer the down time. However, this does also vary person to person, some people heal quicker depending on your pain tolerance and reaction to medication.

There are also lots of options to help you post-surgery, including hiring a private nurse to help with recovery. The benefits to this are having someone around you who knows what they should be looking out for in terms of infections and standard healing rates, they can also help with pain management and change your dressing efficiently and hygienically.

Facial surgeries, like a rhinoplasty, browplasty (brow lift), blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) and facelifts all require at least a week off work, ideally 10 days to 2 weeks. They also include having stitches and sutures in your face.

Other procedures such as a breast augmentation, have a slightly smaller recovery time, with you just need to take off 3-5 days usually. However it should be about 5 weeks before you can go back to exercising and your final results should be at around 3-6 months.

Liposuction is again, less recovery time. Needing only 1-3 days to be booked off from work, however your final results won’t be visible until nearly a year post surgery.

One of the key things that you need to do post-surgery is rest. You need to allow your body to heal and eat lots of fruits and vegetables in order to promote healing and give yourself the best chance. Although at first rest can be difficult, you might feel uncomfortable however this will get better with time.

Another important part of recovery is making sure to stay hydrated. Making sure you have a drink next to you at all times, preferably plain water, or lemon infused water for a little extra vitamin C.  Slow gentle movements as you heal are a good idea, your surgeon can also help give specific advice on how often you need to move, and which movements are right for your recovery.

Your surgeon will have all the right advice for you after your surgery, following this will help you to reduce your recovery time and get the best results from your procedure.


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